Avatar coming to big screen

By Colin Mahan

Jan 10, 2007

Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan is gearing up to write and direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon kids' cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender for Paramount Pictures. Avatar will be the first film Shyamalan directs that is based on characters created by someone else.

Avatar follows the adventures of a gifted 12-year-old boy who is the last hope of a race of beings who can control the elements. The show regularly lands in the top 10 animated programs on TV and is Nickelodeon's top-rated Friday-night show.

Paramount hopes to turn the cartoon into a three-picture film series, according to Variety. Both Paramount and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom.

Shyamalan was last in theaters with The Lady In the Water, which was based on a kids' story he wrote for his daughter. Lady received withering reviews from critics and grossed $42 million in the US, the director's lowest box office to date.

The film was also reportedly responsible for his break-up with Disney, whose Buena Vista Pictures produced and distributed his previous films Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village. The tumultouous behind-the-scenes drama was detailed in Michael Bamberger's 2006 book The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale.

Coincidentally, this week Terminator and Titanic maestro James Cameron also announced his intention to create a movie named Avatar, this one about a futuristic space war in which soldiers control fighting "avatars" with their minds.

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  • rafa3lico Jan 02, 2010

    Hey everyone i'm a big fan of avatar too. Don't worry about the efects of the movie they will work it out. Does anyone knows how to contact Michael Dante DiMartino?? he's the writer of the story avatar. can someone help me?? please contact rafa3lico@gmail.com even if you can't help me

  • WWinnieF Jul 25, 2009

    The thing is...they WILL overdo CGI effects for the unique animals and all four types of bending (because that is the only way in this day in age that such things can be done), whereas the human characters most likely will be played by adult actors, despite the fact that the characters are meant to be children. That said, I don't have high hopes for this, as various previous films have shown that turning comic/cartoon characters into live-action properties doesn't often bode well for the franchise that is being used (chiefly 1960's cartoons such as George of the Jungle, Dudley-Do-Right, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Underdog, and Alvin & The Chipmunks, and comic characters like Popeye the Sailor, Garfield, et al and as the primary examples of movies that generally flopped [Popeye was the only redeemable one that remained faithful entirely to the source, but since it was based on the Segar musical comic that fans of the Fliesher cartoons didn't understand, it too failed]).

  • Grundi18 Feb 26, 2009

    I think that the idea of ruining the tv show by turning it to a live action movie is only equaled by Nickelodeon accepting to create this abomination.

    If they can cancell this at any time now would be great

  • Ucha_Nekome Feb 19, 2009

    =O_O= NOOOOOOOOO THAT WOUL BE HORABLE!!!! Besides, have you seen Shamalan's movies? Serious as hell. Although it would be funny to see the guy who plays Sokka "Jasper from twilight" Drink the cactis juce! He he! High Sokka!!!! *Peter laugh*

  • 0pl Dec 25, 2008

    i just have this crazy feeling that the movie will turn out just like the ember island players episode

  • valenerramouspe Dec 20, 2008

    I don't know...it's weird when cartoons are converted to live-action. I'm still gonna go see it, but I usually don't like that. And this guy's movies have been declining lately. Lady In the Water must be among the top 3 worst movies I've ever seen. I couldn't stop laughing all through it at how ridiculous it was. It was fun, though :)

  • me_katara Dec 17, 2008

    fist of all i just wana say ima big fan of avatar!! i want them to make anther series!! but anyway i heard their making a movie and i really want to try out for the part of katara i think i would be perfect! :) if anyone knows how to audition please help. and for all you people who are worried abot the special effects-stop. haven't you ever seen the chronicals of narnia and those animals? and the bending shouldn't be a problem with special effects. look at how they did human torch.plus theres more so don't worry.....

  • newstarofavatar Nov 04, 2008

    by the way i do kung fu and i do sword fighting and i do gymnastics so i have all the qulifications!

  • newstarofavatar Nov 04, 2008

    hi my name is Chris Monique Clarici i am trying out for a part in this movie (avatar0 and there is a 99% chance that i will get in because i no the director and property manager! so i would just like to know who you think i should be. i have blond hair and i am 13.

  • LadyAzula Oct 15, 2008

    I think make this show a live action movie it would be hard because of the bending FX i think the fire bending moves it could make like Pyro on X-Men Earth... a little bit difficult anyway the first movie i think its based on Book One: Water so the only problem they have until now i think its water bending Fire bending its the same as X-Man character Pyro but a little bit better...

    I dont know very hard to see the live action movie works im looking foward Dragonball now and... mmm... wait and see :):)

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